Tow Dolly Ready to Roll


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okie2ee
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Tow Dolly Ready to Roll

Post by okie2ee » Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:15 am



Thought I would share a couple of photos of my new custom made tow dolly for the trike. Serves two purposes.......trike recovery should I have a problem and tow to destination for riding when riding to the final destination conditions may not be ideal.

The dolly is made from an old Chrysler Le Baron rear axle assembly which I sectioned and added the ramp and upper frame support. Very quick and easy to load and pulls easily behind the car. A little extra wear on the auto rear end on the trike and the tires but not enough to make a difference.

Just got back from test drive and smooth as silk at 75 mph. Now to check out how hard it is to disconnect the drive shaft.








Will also add a steel chain wrapped around the wheel and rim and bolted tight





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Re: Tow Dolly Ready to Roll

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:12 am

Looks good.

would be super neat if you could install a PTO clutch like the one on Lawn Tractor mower decks.

push a button, and the driveshaft is free wheeling.

pull out the button, and the driveshaft is engaged.

Find a used lawn tractor for cheap, and remove the PTO clutch from the engine's shaft.
My mower uses a Briggs and Stratton V-Twin vertical shaft engine, might be room for it to install it.

you could also start the engine, and just leave it idling, so the oil is circulated.
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okie2ee
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Re: Tow Dolly Ready to Roll

Post by okie2ee » Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:20 pm

The PTO clutch idea is great..............I have one on my Honda HT3813 lawnmower which is 32 years young............ran through trial run on disconnecting the driveshaft and discovered the drive shaft is under some spring tension pushing against the pinion connection. Just enough to make it difficult to move the u-joint off the pinion shaft............wasn't expecting that. Did finally get it moved to the side enough to allow towing.

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Re: Tow Dolly Ready to Roll

Post by Rambozo » Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:16 pm

How about locking hubs? No tools needed,and fewer rotating components.
How does the dolly tow behind the trike?

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Re: Tow Dolly Ready to Roll

Post by Rodzim » Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:51 pm

I like it man. I love custom made stuff, i cant bring myself to buy anything, i have to make it to fit my purpose. Most times i end up spending more but what the hell, i enjoy fabricating things.
I made a drift trike just for the hell of it and gave it to a friend who has 2 teenagers and they love it. A lot of stuuf i make usually end up as gifts for friends and family.



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